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Back in 1996 as the first wave of the American craft beer industry was beginning to fade, two guys in Escondido, California sunk $500,000 into a new brewery.

The Abbey of the Tre Fontane is located in Rome in the sacred place where the martyrdom of St. Paul occurred in 67 AD. The Abbey takes its name from the three fountains (Tre Fontane) which miraculously appeared where the head of the apostle hit the ground in three locations after he was beheaded.

Today the Abbey is surrounded by beautiful eucalyptus trees which were planted by Monks beginning in 1870. They believed eucalyptus had healing qualities that could prevent malaria. In actuality, eucalyptus does not prevent malaria.  However, the trees do require a tremendous amount of water, therefore draining the surrounding swampy terrain. As a result, the mosquitos, which later were determined to be the actual cause of malaria, disappeared as the swamps dried up.

In 1873 with in-depth knowledge of the trees, the Trappist community began production of eucalyptus oils and extracts. These products have antiseptic properties with an intense, aromatic scent and they are also a pleasant digestive.

In early 2000, thanks to the discovery of an ancient beer recipe, the monks began brewing Tre Fontane using the surrounding eucalyptus as a spice.  Several years of intense work have improved the quality, and in May of 2015, Tre Fontane Tripel was awarded the ATP (Authentic Trappist Product) label.

Frank Boon, who started as a blender, is considered by many to be the leading revivalist Lambic brewer in Belgium today. Boon is known for making completely traditional products, yet having the softest and most drinkable Lambics. They are tart and crisp, but with none of the acidic bitterness. His Lambics are 100% spontaneously fermented and he uses only whole fruits for his Kriek and Framboise, without the addition of syrups or extracts. Boon believes that Lambic does not have to be harsh to be genuine.

Brewery De Brabandere has been a family run brewery in Belgium since its establishment at the turn of the 19th century. Despite the many take-overs and the fusions in the beer sector, their goal is to maintain their independence in order to assure the beer quality and regional identity.

Brewery Van Steenberge is an independent, small Belgian family brewery located in Ertvelde, 15 miles north of Gent on the border of The Netherlands. The brewery has been in the same family since at least 1784 and produces 40,000 barrels annually, mostly high end specialty beers such as Piraat and Gulden Draak.

In order to provide for their needs and those of their foundations, as well as to support employment in their region, the Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have, since 1862, developed the production of Belgian beers and Trappist cheeses that, thanks to their character and quality continue to find great success.

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